Danilo Pérez featuring Adam Cruz and Ben Street: Panamonk
Sunday, Oct 8, 2017
Doors Open: 5:00 PM Starts: 6:00 PM Ends: 7:30 PM
Thelonious Monk is universally regarded as one of jazz’s greatest icons and his enduring influence is still paramount today, one hundred years after his birth.
As a performer and innovator, Danilo Pérez has made his own considerable mark in the genre.
NPR exclaims, “Pérez is a man with some serious jazz cred. The Panamanian pianist got his start playing with Dizzy Gillespie, and continued with Wayne Shorter. As a composer and bandleader himself, he’s practically peerless.” Twenty years ago, Pérez recorded an album celebrating Monk’s legacy. On Panamonk Pérez explored Monk’s music and style through a contemporary jazz lens…adding a bit of his own personal Panamanian flair. The New York Times called it “a masterpiece of jazz synthesis,” and said, “Mr. Pérez’s approach was refreshing in its irreverence: rather than try to be as faithful as possible to Monk’s distinctive rhythms and harmonies, he used Monk’s vision as a jumping-off point for his own individuality as an improviser.” Now, in celebration of Monk’s centennial, Pérez revisits Panamonk with his trio and brings his fresh take on the music to today’s audiences.